Ideally, dogs should spend their days outdoors, running and playing to consume their energy, but, unfortunately, very few owners can afford to keep their canine companion outside other than at the weekends. If you live alone and have a puppy, you’ve probably struggled of leaving it home alone or even gave it away for adoption because you couldn’t handle the issue. One solution is to hire a part time dog caretaker to talk your companion and play with it, but few owners can financially afford this. So, what can you do so to keep your puppy safe, happy and entertained while you are away? Here are some simple tricks for home alone dogs.
First of all, try to waste your dog’s energy as much as possible in the morning, before going to work, for example, you can take it with you on your morning run and this way you can both exercise. A bored and hyperactive puppy won’t have a great time when the owner is away, but if it’s tired it will likely sleep through the day and won’t be as affected by your absence. Needless to say, you need to make sure that your pet has enough water and food left for the rest of the day.
Secondly, you need to think about security, because dogs can run away or get lost. Depending on your budget, there are two options can you can choose from. For example, you can get a wireless dog fence, which prevents the puppy from going past a certain area. You can use it to prevent the dog from running away and getting lost, or to keep it away from fragile objects around the house. If you cannot afford this option, you can try keeping your dog in a larger crate. However, you should only do this after you find out how to crate train a puppy and if the crate is spacious and high quality.
Thirdly, you should never leave your dog alone in the back yard, no matter how much it hates staying indoors. On the one hand, even if you manage to restrict its walking area, this doesn’t stop it from barking, which could cause problems with your neighbors. On the other hand, someone could steal it.
Remember that pets are not toys, and, just as humans, they deserve love, care and respect. Use only methods that do not harm or make it uncomfortable and try to monitor your dog while you’re away at first to see how it reacts. In addition, you should look for signs of separation anxiety – an issue that makes your dog agitated when seeing you leave, bite or scratch furniture and even keep it from eating. If you notice these signs, the best solution for your pet’s health would be to hire a professional trainer and take the dog to the vet for medication. There are also specialized training books available that offer you tips and tricks on how to handle a hyperactive dog and diagnose early signs of separation anxiety.